Boutique I like: Quo
Sports bra? Check. A great pair of workout leggings? Check. Moisture-wicking top? Yep, got that too. Performance underwear to keep your lady parts dry and healthy? Don’t have that, you say?.... Kind of wish you did now, though?
A lot of women haven’t given workout panties a single thought, but it’s been on Stacey Hunter-Harrington’s mind, an activewear, swimwear and intimate apparel designer, for 25 years: “Not to sound like a weirdo, but it all started in the locker room. I just couldn’t believe women were wearing the same underwear they planned on wearing all day to a work out. I’ve always looked at underwear as a kit: you have your period panties, your sexy panties, your everyday cotton panties and then, which hasn’t really been available or thought about, workout panties. I tried everything myself—even going commando—and couldn’t find a good pair to work out in.”
So she decided to do something about it: create the active and intimate apparel company Quo (pronounced like status quo) and the workout panty every woman deserves. “I want women to rethink their lingerie drawer,” she says.
Launched in June, Quo’s signature active thong ($24, available in nude and black) has anti-microbial, moisture-wicking and fast-drying material and no pointless gusset. After a recent camping trip on which I wore Quo thongs exclusively, I can tell you they are ridiculously comfortable too. No digging, no moving around, no even realizing the thong is there; it’s underwear heaven. Hunter-Harrington caught up with me on what else there is to love about the panties—and seamless sports bras, coming soon.
WHERE QUO WORKS: “Our thongs work really well in hot yoga, spinning, bootcamp, and Pilates. I don’t see them working for tennis (why would you wear a thong under a tennis skirt?) or running (because you typically have a built in short, but we do have marathoners that love them). I hope to get into all those sports, but right now it’s really working in these performance areas.”
YOU CAN WEAR THE THONGS ALL DAY, TOO: “I got so many women this summer from the East and in California tell me they wore Quo thongs all day because they kept them dry in the heat. I hope to develop a version of this thong in cotton for everyday use, too.”
WHY NOT COTTON? “I love cotton and I wear it every day, but when you’re really sweating and really doing a workout, cotton takes triple the time to dry. It can really lead to different hygiene issues. Think of it in terms of leggings: you wouldn’t wear cotton leggings into a hot yoga class so we shouldn’t do it with our underwear. Nylon, spandex, etc. should be the fabrics you are wearing.”
IF THEY DON’T FIT: “You get a full refund and we take the panties back to donate them. If it doesn’t work for you, I apologize. Quo is not meant to segregate or narrow women of a certain body type, we just had to start somewhere.”